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 Size is the key factor here, not price.  That phone you linked to is huge.  The dimensions are (3.98 x 1.81 x 0.47 in) - nearly a half-inch thick.  That's plenty of room to put an AM coil antenna. The coil you linked to doesn't have dimensions listed, but I would be very surprised if it could fit in any modern smartphone.  They're all much thinner than that 2008-era Sony/Ericsson model.
 Some frequencies (especially very low frequencies - VLF) can penetrate rock and ocean.  These can't carry a lot of bandwidth but they are used (for example) as emergency frequencies from submarines, since they can always get through to a receiver. Some (like AM radio) can bounce off of layers of the atmosphere, so you can often receive from a transmitter that is below the horizon.  Weather conditions can affect this greatly, however.  This is why (for instance) most AM...
 I concur.  I listen to broadcast radio all the time in my car, and at home (e.g. the clock-radio by my bed).  If I want to listen to radio while out walking, however, I need to bring an additional device (e.g. an ancient Walkman), since none of the portable electronics I usually carry (an iPhone 6+, an LG smartphone, a 4th-gen iPod Touch) have radio tuners. I would love to just run an app to stream my local stations (all the ones I like are on iHeart Radio) but I don't...
 It has very high latency.  The speed of light makes it impossible to move a packet between a geostationary satellite and the ground in less than about 1/8 second.  Meaning there's a 1/4 second delay for a packet to be transmitted from ground (central office) to the satellite and back to ground (your dish).  So an IP packet round-trip (send a packet to the internet and get a reply) can't ever be less than 1/2 second if both your inbound and outbound links are via...
 I've been hearing this rumor for years.  Do you have an actual source for this claim or are you simply assuming that the rumor is true? Apple has been doing what you describe for downloaded apps for several years now.  Gatekeeper's default configuration is to allow App Store purchases and applications signed with a valid Developer Certificate.  Unsigned apps (and those with invalid certificates) make you jump through a few small hoops (including providing an admin...
 Not so much nullified, but it limits the damage that can be done. If you accidentally run malware (e.g. via a browser exploit) from an unprivileged account, it can still upload any file you can read, it can still open network connections to botnets, and it can still trash/infect any file you have write-access to (typically the contents of your home directory.)  What it can not do is install itself as a system service, trash/infect system files or remain running after you...
 I think you need to re-read my post.  I think you may be replying to someone else, because your comments don't seem to be related to my message.  Nowhere did I claim that root is the same as administrator.  Nor did I say that they enabled root access via an exploit.  I wrote just what the original article said - that they claim to be able to run code as root via "sudo" without providing a password, which is a serious problem, if true. Apple's administrator level account...
 I think you have them backwards.  The last 4 digits of the DAN are visible in Passbook, and I see them printed on my receipts in the same location where my card number used to be printed.  That is the number that the merchants think is a card number, and since it is tied to the device, not the transaction, it can be used to track your purchases. Nobody has yet said what the token looks like.  Given the fact that it is a cryptographic digest of many aspects of the...
 You can always use "sudo" to switch to root.  I frequently do a "sudo tcsh" to get to a root shell. What everyone means by disabled is that there is no password configured for the account.  So if you try to "su -", it won't work, because there is no password you can type to make the switch work.  And if you try to log-in as root, that also won't work. If you enable the root account, then you will give it a password and you will be able to log-in to a desktop as root and...
 Yes, but those contracts were signed when the CurrentC was first started - back in 2012.  If the contract started the exclusivity from that time, and not from when the product goes live (which still hasn't happened yet), then those early adopters might be free in early 2015.  Why not?  You can sign any kind of contract you like.  I think it's stupid to handcuff yourself based on the promise of something yet to be developed, but not everybody agrees with me.  As I...
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